Recognition. Exposure. Celebration.

We acknowledge that 2020 is an extraordinary year with the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way we work and live. The long-term impact on the corporate world is still unknown; however, one thing we know for sure is that Australia's leaders deserve to be recognised. That's why The CEO Magazine’s 2020 Executive of the Year Awards will be going ahead on 12 November 2020 in a digital format.

View the full list of winners from the 2019 Executive of the Year Awards!

As one of Australia’s premier events on the corporate calendar, the night has become synonymous with shining a spotlight on the achievements of the individuals who make this country great. While we won't be able to celebrate in person this year, there will still be an exceptional mix of successful executives and entrepreneurs recognised at the 2020 virtual event.

From CEOs to self-starters, authors to activists, tech pioneers to thought leaders, past attendees have included the likes of Mark Nielsen, Gina Rinehart, Barry Fitzgerald, Christine Holgate, Steve Baxter, Lorna Jane Clarkson, John Winning, Janine Allis and Michael Ebeid.

 

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Applications are now closed.

 

Why attend the virtual 2020 Executive of the Year Awards?

 


Celebration

With everything that's going on in the world right now, it's important to take a moment to recognise the incredible leadership that has been exhibited by the nominees and winners of the Executive of the Year Awards.

 

 

 


Networking

We can't network in person this year; however, the event attracts attention from many of Australia’s leading brands and professionals so it still presents the perfect opportunity to make highly valuable contacts.

 

 


Inspiration

Be inspired by the leaders of this nation and learn from your peers to set you up for greater success in the future, whether you’re an aspiring or established business leader.

 

 

 

Why enter The CEO Magazine’s business awards?

As well as recognition, exposure, an opportunity to network with the leading players in Australian business and a celebration thrown in your honour, winners across the business awards categories receive an elegant trophy and media coverage from The CEO Magazine and other outlets.

The winner of the CEO of the Year Award will be the cover star of The CEO Magazine ANZ’s January/February issue and will be invited to join the judging panel at the following year’s awards.

For 2020, The CEO Magazine has revisited the list of categories as well as the application process, making getting involved easier than ever before. Applications closed 24 July 2020.

 

What can I expect from the event?

More details about the virtual event will be released soon. In the meantime, relive the excitement of the 2019 Executive of the Year Awards, held at the Crown Melbourne, to see what all the fuss is about.

 


 

Are you interested in being a sponsor in a future event? Find out more here.

 

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

Our sponsors are our valued partners and we had a diverse mix of brands on board for 2019. Thank you to Maserati for being our major sponsor for the CEO of the Year Award. Montblanc joined as the CFO of the Year sponsor, Work Club Global for the Start-Up category, and IG Group for Managing Director of the Year. CEO Legacy Books sponsored the COO of the Year Award, Onda Group sponsored Professional Services Executive of the Year, The Dalmore for Marketing Executive of the Year and Bang and Olufsen for Media Executive of the Year. We welcomed Soneva as the sponsor for the Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year category, Change Makers Rule Breakers for the Not-For-Profit Executive of the Year Award, and Fly Airly for the Transport and Logistics Executive of the Year Award category. Lynx People joined us in sponsoring the HR Executive of the Year Award category and Westpac Private Bank sponsored the Financial Services and Insurance Executive of the Year Award category.

 

 

CEO OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Maserati Sponsors CEO of the Year

 

 

 

CFO OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Mont Blanc Sponsors CFO of the Year

 

 

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

IG Sponsors Managing Director of the Year

 

 

START-UP EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Work Club Sponsors Start-Up Executive of the Year

 

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

ONDA Group Sponsors Professional Services Executive of the Year

 

 

 

NOT-FOR-PROFIT EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Change Makers Rule Breakers sponsor Not-for-Profit Executive of the Year

 

 

HR EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Lynx People sponsors HR Executive of the Year

 

 

MARKETING EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

The Dalmore Sponsors Marketing Executive of the Year

 

 

HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Soneva Sponsors Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year

 

 

 

MEDIA EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Bang & Olufsen Sponsors Media Executive of the Year

 

 

COO OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

CEO Legacy Books Sponsors COO of the Year

 

 

TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Fly Airly sponsors Transport and Logistics Executive of the Year

 

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES AND INSURANCE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR SPONSOR

Westpac Private Bank sponsors Financial Services and Insurance Executive of the Year

 


 

Categories and criteria

Don’t submit your application without reading this first. We outline all of the ‘must haves’ to ensure that you’re eligible to enter this year’s awards.

 

 

 

The judging panel

We have an impressive line-up of judges for 2020, including a Google executive, two not-for-profit trailblazers and a fashion entrepreneur.

 

 

 

Our 2019 winner

We spoke to David Hackett of MLC Life Insurance to learn more about his journey and see what he did to take out 2019 CEO of the Year.

 

 

 

 

Applications are now closed.